It’s been awhile that changes were made to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Hazard Communications Standard, also known as the ‘right to know’ regulation. GHS stands for the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals. It was developed by the United Nations and its goal is to standardize and harmonize the classification and labeling of chemicals to give universally understood warnings to users. The three major areas of impact are:
You now have less than a year to get in compliance with these regulations, and if you fail to do so you can be subject to fines and other penalties. According to OSHA, the deadline for compliance is June 1, 2016. Employers need to have all their workplace labeling procedures in place and the employees trained by this date in order to avoid problems.
The chemical labeling requirements are fairly specific so it is a good idea to learn about them as soon as possible.
The diagram below shows an example of the main elements of a GHS label.
To aid in compliance
Avery has created a new line of UltraDutyTM GHS chemical labels to simplify the labeling update process. As their name suggests, these labels are tough and can withstand chemicals, UV light, water, and extreme temperatures. The adhesive used on the labels is marine-grade, and the labels passed the 90-day sea-water submersion test. In addition, the labels are tear- and scuffresistant, so frequent use will not compromise their integrity.
Avery also makes the label customization and printing process easier and more efficient with its Design & Print GHS Online Wizard, which is provided at no cost. This online application allows users to create customized, professional GHS-compliant labels from templates and print them in-house with a desktop printer. Using Avery’s labels and the GHS Online Wizard not only guarantees that users will be compliant with OSHA’s GHS standards, but it also helps employees identify and track chemicals, and helps companies comply with other labeling standards.
Want to know more about regulatory requirements for your organization? You've come to the right place. Get information about GHS, workplace safety and proper labeling information here. For additional information, click here.
Worker safety is always the highest priority on the job site and nothing protects on the job like hard hats. They’re essential to providing workers with protection from falling debris, low landing objects, and electrical hazards.
According to OSHA, a hard hat must be worn when working in areas where there is a potential for injury to the head from falling objects or when there is the risk of exposure to electrical conductors that can potentially contact the head.
Hard Hats are divided into two categories:
Type I and Type II
Type I Hard Hats are intended to reduce the force of impact resulting from a blow to the top of the head, such as from a hammer or nail gun falling from above.
Type II Hard Hats are intended to reduce the force of lateral impact resulting from a blow which may be received off-center from the side, or to the top of the head. This form of impact may result from contact with the sharp corner of a side beam for example. Type II hard hats are lined on the inside with a thick, high density foam and suspension.
To see our compete line of hard hats and the rest of our safety products click here.
October is National Fire Safety Month and National Fire Prevention week is October 4-10, so let’s take a hot second to review these common sense tips to keep your workplaces safe.
To Keep a Fire from Happening…
Remember, a fire can lead to job losses. Rebuilding a workplace after a fire is very expensive and many companies can’t afford to do it. Stay safe, friends!
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Tips for a Safer Fourth of July
July Fourth is on Friday and fireworks are on sale at most stores. Most of us have fond memories of fireworks and barbeques with the family. As we continue to create memories with our children we need to be mindful of fireworks safety so that we can have a fun Fourth of July season.
The National Council on Fireworks Safety works to track new fireworks and develop safety tips for families. Their fireworks safety tips are just general overall tips and they don't track what the local laws specific for families in their areas. To see what your local laws allow or require for safety please check your state or city website. Fireworks and fun go hand in hand for many families on Fourth of July. Please keep these fireworks safety tips in mind when your family gets together so that you can have a fun filled holiday. And don't assume that something like "sparklers" can be entrusted to a little child without supervision! Most accidents are encountered through hand held fireworks.
Fireworks Safety Tips
The fireworks safety tips may seem like common sense yet every year people are injured by not following these simple tips. The National Council on Fireworks Safety estimates that there are more than 8,000 injuries per year due to fireworks. The number of injuries hit a ten year high in 2000 when an estimated 11,000 injuries were reported due to fireworks. The sad part of this is that 8,000 to 11,000 families each year do not have fond memories of their Fourth of July celebration. Most of these injuries could've been avoided if people took safety precautions when adding fireworks to their celebrations.
· Only use fireworks outdoors and under supervision
· Keep a bucket of water or a hose nearby when using fireworks
· Use fireworks exactly as their instructions state; do not try to modify them
· If a firework doesn't go off when you have lit it, do not attempt to relight it
· Have a designated fireworks shooter who is not drinking alcohol
· The fireworks shooter should wear safety glasses to protect their eyes
· Do not shoot off any homemade fireworks
Sparklers Spark Most Fireworks Accidents : Heed These Fireworks Safety Tips
The US Consumer Product Safety Commission has also gotten involved with fireworks safety, particularly sparklers. They believe that 16 percent of all family fireworks injuries are actually fireworks sparkler burns. They report that one third of all injuries to children who are 5 years old or younger are because of sparklers. Due to the safety concerns that surround sparklers, they released their own list of sparkler safety tips.
· Fireworks Sparklers should never be used by children without adult supervision
· Children should only use sparklers when they are standing, never sitting
· Do not hold a child while they are holding a sparkler
· Children should not hold more than one sparkler at a time
· Anyone holding sparklers should wear closed-toe shoes
· Drop sparklers into a bucket of water after the fire has gone out to cool them
· Don't pass lighted sparklers around-the pointed heated sparkler could accidently become an eye poker
· Create a sparkler only area at least 6 feet away from everyone else
· Don't throw sparklers lit or burned out
· Teach children how to hold sparklers away from their bodies
· Teach children to not run when they are holding a lit sparkler
· Teach children to not wave a lit sparkler, I know but you can try. Unless the child is standing alone other children could be endangered by the waving
Fireworks and fun go hand in hand for many families on Fourth of July. Please keep these fireworks safety tips in mind when your family gets together so that you can have a fun filled holiday.
With Zoll AED Plus Automated External Defibrillators
When a cardiac arrest occurs, the fact is that only half of the victims will need a shock. But nearly all will require cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
You deserve an automated external defibrillator (AED) that helps you all the time. And, only one AED can actually see when you are doing CPR and help you do it well, giving you real assistance instead of just commands.
ZOLL's AED Plus® features Real CPR Help®, a CPR feedback tool that is able to actually see what you are doing and provide feedback to help you do it well. Audio and visual prompts help you rescue with confidence and clarity unmatched by any other AED.
Learn more by downloading the following: automated_external_defibrillators.pdf
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